‘Marry me - or lose your head’...
Steve Booth had always promised his girlfriend that when he proposed it would ‘have to be totally crazy’ - and he lived up to expectations when popping the question live on stage at Sheffield City Hall.
The 35-year-old stunned the audience during a performance of Circus of Horrors having secretly arranged for his girlfriend Becki Waterhouse, 25, to be picked out from the crowd to be involved in a round of ‘audience participation’.
Once Becki had taken part in a magic trick, Steve walked on stage - and, after getting down on one knee, he told her: “If you don’t say yes, Circus of Horrors have said they will chop your head off!”
Luckily, no blood needed to be spilled and Becki and Steve, from Kimberworth Park, are now planning their wedding.
Steve, who works for the NHS but who met Becki while both were working at Kennedy’s Solicitors in Sheffield, said: “I walked on to the stage and said to Becki, just forget the audience, it’s about you and me now.
“She looked as if she was about to burst into tears.
“It couldn’t have been more magical. The audience reaction was amazing. People came up congratulating us in the interval and wanting to look at the ring.”
Steve said he had arranged the proposal with staff at Sheffield City Hall during the day last Friday, before the couple attended that evening’s performance.
Delighted Becki said: “I had no idea what he was planning - although his hands were really clammy beforehand! I asked him what was up and he claimed it was too hot when it wasn’t.
“I’ve never been on stage before, let alone in front of so many people.
“Circus of Horrors is part of our relationship now. We’re planning the wedding to happen by 2015 at the latest - and maybe we’ll ask if they will perform at the wedding.”
Ringmaster Dr Haze said: “It’s the first time we’ve ever had a proposal during the show. We had one once, years ago, but it was one of the staff. We’ve never had an audience member propose before.
“He did it during a magic act requiring audience participation. We picked his fiancée-to-be out of the audience and asked her to come up on the stage to take part in a trick.
“Then Steve was taken out of a side door and came on to the stage through the wings.
“It’s definitely a proposal she will remember.”